Yesterday we met at the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley for a hike up the valley. Being Easter Saturday there were many people out enjoying the day, despite the strong south-easterly wind that was funneling down the valley. We stopped in the stream bed for a snack and Gillian surprised us with some really tasty snacks for lunch – five star stuff!! – before returning to our cars and setting off to Atlantic Beach.
When Michael and Nicky went to East London to represent their province in the Masters’ Interprovincial Hockey Tournament, we spent the weekend in Knysna with Travis and Robyn. This gave us the opportunity to do some birding – a walk at Belvedere revealed three Olive Woodpeckers, some Swee Waxbills, a pair of Blue-Mantled Crested Flycatchers and a Klaas’s Cuckoo – in that order! These are not common birds, so we were thrilled to see them so easily.
We also enjoyed walks in the Rheenendal Forest and at Leisure Isle. I had a chance to photograph Robyn at home and then again when we took her to her riding lessons – where she showed us how well she handles her favoured mount, Coffee.
I had fun putting together a large composite image which I have had printed and framed. It is made up of 99 separate images, and provides an insight into the extended family since the advent of digital images. Hanging in our home, it is a constant reminder of what our family means and the need to keep in touch at all times.
In the last few days we had the pleasure of watching Travis representing SWD in the U16c team playing Field hockey. His team did not do too well but he was awarded man on the tournament for his team, so we are well proud of him.
Then Keagan represented WP in the U12a Indoor hockey event and we were thrilled that his team, the Seals, won Silver. Well done!!
On Friday we braved the storm (and what a storm it was!!) and went to Cape Town so as to be able to watch Keagan and Jordan as they participated in their school sporting activities.
Keagan made his debut for the U12A rugby side and put in a credible performance at fly-half until he was partially concussed in a hard tackle and had to sit out for the remainder of the game. His team went on to win comfortably against Fish Hoek.
Then it was off to Stellenbosch, where Jordan was playing for the U15A hockey side against the Paul Roos U16B team. Unfortunately they were beaten, but it was nice to sit and see the action and note how both boys have matured into their games.